Category Archives: Family Life

Let him eat eggs! 

Today was the big day! A 4 hour doctor appointment to find out if G can have eggs without swelling/turning red/uncontrollable vomiting. He hasn’t had eggs since he was about 9 months old because he had an anaphylaxis reaction. Since then he’s gone from have nothing with egg in it, to having breads with egg, …

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Five Minute Friday: build

I’m really trying to build a better relationship with my kids. For the last seven years my parenting style hasn’t worked. I have a hard time when my kids don’t listen. I tend to get louder, to the point of yelling, when I’m frustrated or annoyed. I realized that I was setting a horrible example …

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Mommy and TJ fail (but not too bad)

It’s just another crazy dinner time in the Ortiz home. I plate up everyone’s food and get it on the table. We say grace and dig in. G needs many reminders to eat his dinner (this time it’s was the potatoes he tried to ignore). TJ surprisingly ate everything on his plate without any arguing. …

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Winter walks

We have a couple of local trails we like to go to for some family exercise and fun. They are paved so the boys can ride bikes or scooters, making it possible for us to go further.   The one closest to home goes from South Prairie to Orting and is very flat. This is the …

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I wasn’t planning to go…

The hospital where TJ was diagnosed puts on a little kids camp every summer. It’s just a short 2.5 hour party with activities for the kids and a free lunch. The boys have enjoyed it every time we’ve gone and the first couple years we went my parents came too. It was a fun time …

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Our Tiptoe through the tide pools 

We want to Tacoma parks “tip toe through the tide pools” last week. It’s a free event that Tacoma parks puts on and it was lots of fun! TJ didn’t want to go. It seems that lately that’s his favorite phrase, “I don’t want to see the butterflies/go to the tide pools/do whatever mommy planned …

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From traffic to pool time

We had a super busy day today, parts of it were really tough but most of it has been lots of fun. We had to rush out of the house to get TJ to a dermatologist appointment in Bellevue.  During our hour plus drive TJ did his school work. He only had some English, math, …

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Our first week of summer

and TJs first week of second grade!   It has been gorgeous outside! Lots of sunshine and so warm. We slept in a couple days (6:30am–that’s sleeping in for my boys).  We had breakfast and then got started with schoolwork.  It was so nice!  We got started early and finished before lunch every day! It’s …

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I guess this is how I heal

when things are hard and I need to vent, get something out of my head, or try to move on this is where I turn. I write for me and I write in hopes that what I go through might help someone going through the same thing. What I’m writing about today is heartbreaking, but …

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Responsibly

We’ve been trying something new in the Ortiz house this week! I’m really excited about it and the kids were surprisingly excited too! The boys are taking on new responsibilities. They have a new bedtime routine (that they are expected to do on their own). I made a list for TJ to follow. (And he …

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